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    Myu what is that?
    Hi Stub, that's a Pentel PSD5, double-knock retractable tip. Locks in place with no wobble. Comparable to a Pilot H-2005 or H-3005. While not as beautiful as the PILOT equivalents with their etched metal front sections, the PSD5 is nice quality.

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    I have a few. Both mechanical and clutch.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Iím ending up with quite a few.
    For a long time I just used my Rotring 800, it was and still is perfect for me overall.
    I recently became intrigued by thicker leads though, and have since acquired a Retro 51 tornado, a beautiful Yard-O-Led from a member here, as swell as a Rite in the Rain branded Autopoint and two vintage twist pencils.
    Guess you could say Iím collecting at this point, LOL.

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    Rotring 800 is a nice one. I have the 800 with the stylus because we have the iPads. Enjoy!

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    Rotring 800 is a nice one. I have the 800 with the stylus because we have the iPads. Enjoy!
    Do you know those wire shelves that are easy to find at Home Depot and Loews? There are these soft PVC end caps that are used with them. They fit quite well over the business end of mechanical pencils, for protection. But in addition to that, they can turn any mechanical pencil into an iPad stylus.

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    Rotring 800 is a nice one. I have the 800 with the stylus because we have the iPads. Enjoy!
    Do you know those wire shelves that are easy to find at Home Depot and Loews? There are these soft PVC end caps that are used with them. They fit quite well over the business end of mechanical pencils, for protection. But in addition to that, they can turn any mechanical pencil into an iPad stylus.
    No...I didn't know that.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Most of my pencils, I heritated. All in decent quality!


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    That is very nice! Any info on it? Age? Thanks
    Looking for Caran d'Ache Type 55 2mm set and Rotation .7 pencils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapidray View Post
    That is very nice! Any info on it? Age? Thanks
    It's a Uchida Drawing Sharp E and one variant of several on this design. It's likely from the 1980's and was probably selling for 3,000 yen at the time. There's a cheaper aluminum bodied one with black plastic grip that sold for 1,000 yen.

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    I looked at eBay and saw the price...not bad. There would be a couple of other things on my wish list. It will be a target of opportunity. Thanks
    Looking for Caran d'Ache Type 55 2mm set and Rotation .7 pencils.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Found an odd mechanical pencil. Remember the Pentel Quick Clicker, where you'd push a button on the barrel near the grip area to advance the lead? Apparently that's called a "side-click". Well, there's a similar method, but involves "bending" the pencil, to achieve the same thing. Only this one is done in brushed stainless steel with an expandable/retractable body. It was made by Artline.



    Unscrewed, there's an elongated dome-cap that covers over the lead tube. It may be rounded as the barrel inside presses up against it during the click-action. The advance mechanism looks be triggered just forward of the screw mount on the front half. An eraser is seated in the tail, covered over by a machined solid steel screw cap.



    EDIT: Here's a short video demo: LINK.
    Last edited by myu; June 1st, 2018 at 08:00 PM.

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    I find it interesting that for the mechanical pencils so many advances have been made. As old as it is, it is current with the times. You now have this system, the shaking as you mentioned and one that you can bend the lower body. The coolest and neatest is the Kuru Toga rotation of the lead.
    Looking for Caran d'Ache Type 55 2mm set and Rotation .7 pencils.

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    Default Re: Does anyone collect Mechanical Pencils?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rapidray View Post
    I find it interesting that for the mechanical pencils so many advances have been made. As old as it is, it is current with the times. You now have this system, the shaking as you mentioned and one that you can bend the lower body. The coolest and neatest is the Kuru Toga rotation of the lead.
    There certainly have been a lot of advances, some lost and then repeated, others completely new. The Kuru Toga lead rotation is a terrific feature for note taking. You simply don't have to rotate the pencil in your hand, as the mechanism does it for you. But it can be a problem for people who write in script, or need control of the tip (allowing a "chisel" shape can have advantages). One feature I just don't understand is the Del Guard, with the tip breakage protection. In my book, if you're using 0.5mm or larger lead and it breaks, either the pencil is faulty or you're pressing too hard.

    For lead advancement, the shaker design bothers me as I just don't want to be doing that shake motion. I'd much prefer to click on a button or pusher with a finger. Twisting is OK. But this "kink" method of pressing on the barrel with the Artline is pretty amazing. I edited the post above to include a link to a short video that demonstrates how it works. My only complaint for this would be the uncertainty on longevity for the brushed steel surface. I expect if using this pencil very frequently, it'll develop smoothed over wear spots. Probably remedied with some abrasive micro mesh, although it won't look totally like stock. In any case, time will tell. The barrel extension/retraction is also quite innovative, making it easier to carry without sacrificing writing comfort.

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